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Have you ever felt the  urge to pray for someone and then just put it on a list and said, "I'll pray for them later?" Or has anyone ever called you and said, "I need you to pray for me, I have this need."? A missionary on  furlough told this true story while visiting his home church in Michigan.....

"While serving at a small field hospital in Africa, every two  weeks I traveled by bicycle through the jungle to a nearby city for supplies. This was a journey of two days and required camping overnight
at  the halfway point. On one of these journeys, I arrived in the  city  where I planned to collect money from a bank, purchase medicine  and supplies, and then begin my two-day journey back to the  field  hospital.”

"Upon arrival in the city, I observed two men fighting, one of whom had been  seriously injured. I treated him for his injuries and at the same  time talked  to him about the Lord. I then traveled two days, camping overnight,  and arrived home without incident.”  

“Two weeks later I repeated my journey. Upon arriving in the  city,  I was  approached by the young man I had treated. He told me he had  known  I carried  money and medicines. He said, 'Some friends and I followed you  into the  jungle, knowing you would camp overnight. We planned to kill you and take  your money and drugs. But just as we were about to move into your camp, we  saw that you were surrounded by 26 armed guards. At this, I laughed  and said  that I was certainly all alone in that jungle campsite. The young  man pressed  the point, however, and said, 'No sir, I was not the only person  to  see the  guards. My friends also saw them, and we all counted them. It was  because of those guards that we were afraid and left you alone.`"

At this point in the sermon, one of the men in the congregation  jumped to  his feet and interrupted the missionary and asked if he could  tell  him the  exact day this happened. The missionary told the congregation the date, and  the man who interrupted told him this story: "On the night of  your incident in Africa, it was morning here and I was preparing to go play  golf.  I was  about to putt when I felt the  urge to pray for you. In fact, the  urging of  the Lord was so strong, I called men in this church to meet with  me  here in  the sanctuary to pray for you. Would all of those men who met  with  me on  that day stand up?"  The men who had met together to pray that  day  stood up.  The missionary wasn't  concerned with who they were, he was too busy  counting how many men he saw. There were 26.

This story is an incredible example of how the Spirit of the Lord moves in mysterious ways.

If you ever hear such prodding, go along with it. Nothing is  ever  hurt by  prayer except the gates of ####. I encourage you to forward this to as many  people as you know. If we all take it to heart, we can  turn this world toward  God once again. As the above true story clearly illustrates,  "with God all things are possible" and more importantly: God hears and answers  the prayers of the faithful.

After you read this, please pass it on and give God thanks for the beautiful gift of your faith, for the powerful gift of prayer, and  for the many miracles He works in your own daily life...and then pass
it on.

Allen Shuttleworth, aka  "Bronco Al", sent this to me and I am passing it on as he asked. It is indeed an inspiring story.

John
 

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Ya know I've seen God answer the prayers of the unbelievers and ignor the believers, after all each and every one of us is one of God's children.
God, in my experience and observation, will give us what we need not what we think we want, no matter who or what we are.
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I believe and trust that God honors the honest heart over the religious heart which only knows about doctrines and not about true faith. I have personally witnessed seemingly nonbelievers experiencing mighty miracles. I even had a nonbeliever to try to kill me with a pneumatic nail gun and the nails refused to penetrate my chest. He has been a staunch Believer ever since! Why God does things for those who are banished and hated instead of the greatly popular, we may never know. But I heard it expressed by a Minister once who stated; " I on my own may misjudge someone to be unworthy of Gods trust. But I cannot see into another mans heart like God does and see the potential that lies hidden there. So I, like God, try to be a lot less judging and a lot more believing that every man deserves a chance to be saved."
 
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